Daddy's Zigzagging Bedtime Story

Daddy's Zigzagging Bedtime Story

Book - 2014
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When Jake and Jenny say they are bored with all their books and retold tales, their father makes up a new bedtime story about a princess who drives a monster truck and battles aliens aided by a cupcake-baking unicorn.
Publisher: New York : Disney*Hyperion Books, ©2014
ISBN: 9781423184201
Branch Call Number: SITOMER
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Carter, Abby

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The energetic illustrations compliment the enthusiastic storytelling, both of the father and of the author.

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SurreyLibraries_Reads Nov 21, 2018

The other day I was thinking about telling stories to a mixed group of children. Many stories are aimed at either girls or boys, but how about a story which appeals to both? Although there are many non-gender specific options, I found two fun books which intentionally mix the common gender stereo... Read More »


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The other day I was thinking about telling stories to a mixed group of children. Many stories are aimed at either girls or boys, but how about a story which appeals to both? Although there are many non-gender specific options, I found two fun books which intentionally mix the common gender stereotypes of boys’ and girls’ stories. These books are great stories in their own right, as well as interesting comments on mixed-up storytelling and gender stereotyping.

Daddy’s Zigzagging Bedtime Story by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

How can Daddy keep both his daughter and son interested in their bedtime story? By creating a princess who drives a monster truck, and a unicorn who defeats space aliens with cupcakes. The energetic illustrations compliment the enthusiastic storytelling, both of the father and of the author.

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley

Image result for once upon a cool motorcycle dudeAimed at a slightly older audience, in this story a preteen girl and boy take turns narrating their story. The princess turns out to rock, and the cool motorcycle dude resigns himself to becoming a prince as they save the world together. The disparate illustration styles mirror the different storytelling voices, and the ending will bring a smile to everyone’s face. (Submitted by Rebecca).

aforr71 Aug 06, 2014

A story should have a beginning, middle and end -- but this one has so much more as a Dad knits together a tale to please both his son and daughter.

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